Support for hate crime victims
PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 January 2012
VICTIMS of hate crime are being offered extra help as the police unveil a new system to help those who have suffered abuse.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has teamed up with a variety of agencies through the Strategic Partnership Against Hate Crime to create a third party reporting system through which victims can contact the force.
Members of the agencies can take reports and then, with the victim’s permission, report offences to the police on their behalf.
Among the organisations signed up are Mind, People Can, Somerset Racial Equality Council, Somerset Lesbian Network and Victim Support.
The agencies will also make sure victims receive support, and if people do not want to report incidents to the police, support will still be offered.
Hate crimes are defined as offences which are motivated by prejudice or hate, and could be associated with race, faith, belief, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation.
A new website listing more information on third party reporting has been launched, visit www.dontstandforitreportit.org for more information.